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State Of Massachusetts continues to abuse citizens applying for gun licenseCitizen Abuse Continues

The state of Massachusetts continues to abuse citizens who attempt to follow the law

15 years of failure, lack of planning and inaction are beginning to take a toll. Over the course of the last 18 + months the phone lines, e-mails and mailman have continued to bring news to the GOAL office of delay after delay affecting gun owners who try to follow the law by applying for a license to lawfully own firearms in Massachusetts. This license is known as an LTC (License to Carry) or an FID (Firearms Identification Card). For those that don’t know it is illegal to possess a firearm in Massachusetts without one of the two and the LTC “A” license is needed to lawfully carry a concealed handgun in MA

Mass State House BostonOpen Letter to MA Legislature

Re: Legislative priorities - firearms

Over the past year there have been a long series of public legislative hearings conducted by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. There have also been countless public forums and media interviews and articles all pertaining to proposed changes in the Commonwealth’s gun laws. For many years, Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) has been the leading advocacy organization representing over 16,000 members.

Senator Humason Speaks at Worcester Public HearingThank You GOAL Members

A note of thanks from State Senator Humason

You should know that the folks at GOAL were exceptionally supportive of my candidacy and I am certain it helped get me get me into the end zone. I have always been proud to be a law abiding and responsible gun owner, a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, a member of the NRA, the Westfield Sportsmen’s Club, and GOAL.

GOAL Chapter 180 Report Card MA Legislature receives an F15 Years of Failure

Chapter 180's 15 Year Report Card: Massachusetts Gun Laws Receive Failing Grades

It is time for Massachusetts to stop protecting bad law and start protecting good citizens! The passing of Chapter 180 by the Massachusetts legislature has left the citizens of the Commonwealth in a mess of ever increasing violent crime and indecipherable laws as written. With this in mind and with it being the 15th anniversary of the legislation GOAL submits this report card showing the intent of the legislation, the effect and our grade

Jim Wallace GOAL Executive Director testifies at Boston Public Hearing September 13, 2013Public Hearings Conclude.
Boston Public Hearing Notes 9/13/13 The day began with Committee Chair Naughton’s opening remarks, discussing the hearings and listening forums which have taken up most of the Summer, who he has spoken with and the plan going forward. The take away quote from his opening remarks was; "This has been a tremendous experience, it strikes me that we can reach a common ground."

GOAL LTC FID surveyLTC/FID Renewal Survey

Have you experienced a delay of 40+ days waiting for your LTC/FID renewal? If so, please take our survey!

GOAL is once again compiling evidence illustrating the broken Massachusetts licensing process. Once compiled by the GOAL staff, these forms will be presented to MA Legislators at the State House by GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace as evidence which perfectly illustrates the need for reform. Please click here for more information - to take the survey.

Lenk/PatrickMassachusetts Supreme Court Tanks another RKBA Case

Click here to read the decision.

On Tuesday June 4, 2013 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) handed down a decision in a case called Mirko Chardin vs. Police Commissioner of Boston (SJC-11196). The case stems from a 1995 case where on January 19, 1995, Mr. Cardin was charged in the Juvenile Court with one count of possession of a firearm without a license, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition. On April 18, 1995, Chardin admitted to sufficient facts and was adjudicated a delinquent child with respect to both charges. He received a suspended commitment to the Department of Youth Services, was released to his mother's custody, and was given probation until April 18, 1996.

GOALGOAL Files Senate Budget Amendment Seeking Investigation into Firearm Licensing System

Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield has filed an amendment to the FY2014 Senate budget on behalf of GOAL. The amendment would instruct the Massachusetts Inspector General’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation into the failure of the Massachusetts firearm licensing system.

 

For over a year GOAL has been attempting to go through channels to address the many problems with the Commonwealth’s firearm licensing system. One of the major problems we have run up against is that no one is in charge of the system, or at least no one wants to take responsibility for it. This type of government failure is never acceptable, but it is especially abhorrent when certain entities choose to ignore the problems and yet call for more regulation on our Second Amendment civil rights

Range day for ma legislatorsMA Legislators Range Day

GOAL's annual FSED a tremendous success!

GOAL invites every MA legislator to attend and has seen a significant increase in attendance every year. As a matter of fact, Jim Wallace, GOAL Exec. Director reports that the day is often the topic of discussion in the MA state house year round and especially in the weeks leading up to, and following the event.

After a safety briefing by GOAL Executive Director Jon Green the attendees were sent in groups to the skeet range, the trap range, the pistol range and the rifle range where they received instruction for each discipline from GOAL's experienced volunteer instructors.

SudburySudbury: Anti Second Amendment Article Defeated at Town Meeting.

5/9/13 Update: Victory!. After nearly an hour of debate, Annual Town Meeting voters defeated an article seeking to significantly restrict where guns could be fired in town.

The good citizens of Sudbury soundly defeated the anti-Second Amendment article that came to vote last night - preserving their right to lawfully discharge a firearm within town limits.

GOAL RallyGOAL Rally on the Common in Support of the Second Amendment!

4/4/13

Gun Owners Action League Rally: Tremendous Turnout!

Well over 1,500 residents of the Commonwealth turned out on a clear but cold day in downtown Boston exercising their First Amendment Right of Free Speech in defense of their Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Several media outlets and helicopters looked on as patriots peaceably formed on the Boston Common and continued with a march to the State House. Folks from Pittsfield to Provincetown made the trek along with homemade signs and banners and a spirit that even the most zealous of anti freedom politicians could not break.

 

Among the many speakers were GOAL’s own Jim Wallace, Jay Beard, Robert Pepi, and Steve Moysey as well as special guests Yang LI, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb and Illinois State Rifle Association’s Rich Pearson. Moysey proudly claimed “I went from British subject to American Citizen!” as Li likened many of the proposals to the actions taken by the Chinese government prior to the Tiananmen Square protests.

FBI Crime chart - MA failure2013 Report on Gun Crime Rates Since the Passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act

 

Where is the Evidence of Gun Control Success?

Ever since the passage of the gun control laws in 1998 the proponents of the Act have gone around the nation extolling the success. The problem is … what success? They tell the media that the laws here work because Massachusetts has some of the lowest gun death rates in the nation. The problem for their success argument is when one compares Massachusetts to Massachusetts. When fair comparison is done it is clear that the gun laws laws have been an abject failure.

pepper spray illegal in MAPepper Spray Hearing.

4/4/13 Update, Pepper Spray Bill Hearing. On Thursday, April 4, 2013 H. 2145 An Act Relative to Non-lethal Self Defense Sprays was heard before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. H. 2145 was filed on behalf of GOAL by State Representative Kim Ferguson of Holden, MA. The bill seeks to do away with the licensing requirement for defensive sprays in the Commonwealth. It would do so by removing these sprays from the legal definition of “ammunition” and creating a new legal definition for: “Defensive Spray” shall mean tear gas cartridges, chemical mace or any device or instrument which contains or emits a liquid, gas, powder or any other substance designed to incapacitate.”

magazinesGOAL Asks Governor Patrick for EOPS Oversight.

3/22/13

 

Gun Owners' Action League has contacted the office of Governor Deval Patrick today via formal letter asking that he correct recent erroneous statements made by the state of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPS).

 

This week, it came to GOAL's attention that EOPS had released incorrect information regarding Massachusetts laws which regulate the possession of large capacity feeding devices also known as "magazines".

MA State HouseGOAL Excluded from MA. "Gun Control" Task Force

 

Massachusetts House Speaker Announces Gun Control Task Force

 

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo announced the members of his gun law task force. The Speaker stated earlier in the year that he wanted to put together a panel to review the states gun laws and come up with any suggestions.

 

Several weeks ago the Speaker had announced that Northeastern University Associate Dean Jack McDevitt would chair the task force. The latest announcement finalized the task force with the following individuals:

GOAL’s Annual Breakfast and Meeting of the Membership has a tradition of being a snow magnet, and looking at the forecast this year we were wondering if this year would follow tradition.  Luckily the snow gods decided they liked other parts of the country and left us alone until well after the meeting had adjourned.

 

GOAL would like to thank all of our members who took the time to attend.  The meeting, required by our bylaws is important in that we share with our membership our yearly report which covers financials and other important information.

GOAL Organizational Rally

GOAL would like to thank everyone that braved a stormy New England Winter morning to attend our organizational rally this past weekend at the Boxborough Holiday Inn.

Despite the cold, snowy and blustery morning we had a full room of members in attendance who are eager to provide momentum to our civil rights restoration efforts.

The day began with a greeting from GOAL President of the Board of Directors Jay Beard (pictured above) and a quick note of thanks to all in attendance and an update on the current raffles (Polaris Ranger and Big Bang) that are currently running.

insurance gun ban massachusetts linsky proposalMandatory Insurance Requirement = Back Door Gun Grab

1/21/13

In recent weeks we have been deluged with legislative proposals attacking our Second Amendment Civil Rights in the wake of the horrific murders in Connecticut. One such proposal has been mandatory liability insurance for anyone lawfully owning any type of gun. Lawful gun owners rightfully consider this to be simply another way to tax gun ownership. They are of course correct on that assumption, but this proposal goes much deeper and is much more insidious!

MA state house rally second amendment january 191200+ Concerned MA Citizens Rally at State House

1/19/13 Boston MA.

Travelling from near and far, by the car load and alone, some with children, many with signs and all on the same message - "stop punishing the law abiding" a crowd of approximately 1,200 - 1,500 concerned citzens rallied on the State House stairs today.

For years Massachusetts residents who lawfully own firearms have endured abusive restrictions and regulation which do nothing to lower crime and in fact have had the opposite effect.

 

Today, in the shadow of more legislation introduced over the last week by Governor Patrick and Rep. Linsky, many concerened citizens said "enough" and stepped out into the light to make their voice heard and to say "no more".

MA State House1/4/13 Gun Control Meeting Update

Brief Summary by GOAL Exec. Director Jim Wallace:

As it turns out although GOAL was not invited to the Gun Control meeting hosted by Rep. David Linsky at the State House, I was allowed to listen in, but due to the packed room I was forced to listen from the hallway for most of the meeting.

 

There were several members of the law enforcement community present including Wayne Sampson of the Mass Chiefs of Police. John Rosenthal was on hand to provide is typical sound bite rhetoric. Angus McQuilken, former Chief of Staff for Senator Cheryl Jacques sponsor of the 1998 Gun Control Act, was on hand to provide his “experience”.

Girl shooting AR15The Truth About “Assault Weapons". In the United States today Americans lawfully own an estimated 20-30 million rifles which are commonly used and often misconstrued by the media, politicians, and gun control advocates as “assault rifles”.

 

Here are some facts about these rifles. Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for some of the facts below: (note that the NSSF has labeled these rifles “Modern Sporting Rifles” (MSR).

 

Also note: there is an estimated 100 Million lawfully owned rifles of all types in the United States.

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